This has been such a time of tremendous shift in our lives. I ‘came out’ on my Humans Being podcast a little while back about our plan to take the Clan on the road in an RV to minimize our expenses, free Chris to pursue his passions and spend more time with us, and to see as much of the world as possible. This has been something we have discussed and pondered and thought of as a retirement plan or a ‘someday’. When we embraced unschooling, we thought there could be no better way to live a connected life while seeing and getting to know the amazing, beautiful, quirky, historic, strange, and mysterious places and people of the world. And yet we still could not think of a way that it could become reality. This was our block, not reality. As this was our dream, information came to us in fits and spurts and, the more we realized it was a possibility, the more excited we became. The more excited, the more we sought, dreamt, and learned.
Did you know there are a great many families living ‘on the road’? Here are a couple of sites to get started:
There have been many considerations along the way and the decision has not been without deep analysis, excitement, anxiety, investigation, and re-analysis.
– what will we do with the house? And all of our STUFF? (I love what George Carlin had to say about STUFF.)
– what about the kids’ friends? Nuther post, nuther time….
– what about financial income? Ditto…
– where will we go? Long list- the question is: where will we go in what order?
– how long will we travel? However long it feels good!
– what if we decide it’s not for us? Then we’ll set up a homestead again.
The questions we have been asked and have asked ourselves surface, are addressed, and re-surface only to meet with new knowledge and tweak the plan or perspective. Aside from my open Humans Being discussion, Facebook and Twitter friends have seen only a few mentions of the plan and its unfoldings. As we become more comfortable, confident, and knowledgable about our decision, it is much easier to disclose our intentions and the loose makings of a plan with others. Come to think of it, this is the same process we encountered with unschooling- our guarded, thrilling secret gradually became exciting to share as we gained confidence in our choice and explored philosophy and practice.
Our house has sold once already but, with the drop in housing prices and consumer lending being curtailed to a fault, the appraisal on our house did not match the sale price (not by a mile). While we agreed to sell short of what we (and both real estate agents) considered fair market value, the buyers became concerned and felt that this might be a message from on high (yes, we live in the Bible belt) that they should not go through with the purchase. Even with our positive outlook and firm belief that we attract everything that we need at any given time (Law of Attraction), we were disheartened. The plan at the time was to sell the house, quickly purchase an RV, move in, hold an estate sale for the remaining STUFF, sign closing papers, and be off.
After becoming inspired by the Janssens’ RV renovations, we decided that it will be better to locate and purchase an RV, perform any changes/overhauls/additions prior to move-in, move in, hold an estate sale, and continue with the house on the market throughout the deal. Living in a house that is on the market is quite difficult. I find myself always on edge wondering how quickly I could clean the house if we were called for a showing. It’s not a fun way to live.
After many weeks of searching for the perfect RV in person and online, making offers not accepted, talking with sleezy southern RV salesman (excluding two who were absolutely helpful and lovely), haggling, researching, reading, and searching again, we have finally found what we believe to be our future home on the road. I will post all the details once it passes all inspections and is, indeed, ours.
The test drive was scheduled and we were on our way to the dealership when dark, Texan clouds rolled in. As the rain was light, the salesperson (loveliest and most knowledgeable of all and rightfully earning our business) approved the test drive and brought the RV to a location deemed a good practice area where he and Chris switched seats. About this time the rain started coming down more heavily. A short in the wire supplying the windshield wipers rendered them useless. Downpour. Construction zone. Right turn onto a two-lane road with no shoulder. Low-hanging branches. Mental hyperventilation. Picturing white light and trying to conjure feelings of confidence and calm. Envisioning the RV with our colors, photos, alterations, and our energy all around. Thinking of all the places we will see and people we will meet as we travel North America in our home.
We made it home safely. I am affirmed that Chris was able to drive this big rig in some serious weather with minimal anxiety and we are now clear what type of weather is optimal for RV travel- the clear kind.
I am excited to share this news and we are looking forward to the RV mechanic inspection going through with a clean bill of health and the house selling smoothly.